European Data Protection Board, 25 May 2018

Europäischer Datenschutzausschuss - EDPB: Statement on ePrivacy Regulation & Endorsements of Art 29 Working Party

On 25 May 2018 the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) held its first plenary meeting. This new, independent EU decision-making-body with legal personality is created and regulated by Art. 68 - 76 GDPR and succeeds the Article 29 Working Party. During its first plenary meeting, the EDPB adopted a statement on the revision of the ePrivacy Regulation.


The EDPB brings together the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) and the Member State supervisory authorities to ensure a consistent application of the GDPR throughout the European Union, as well as consistent protection of individuals; see Art. 70 GDPR. 

In addition, the EDPB oversees the implementation of the Data Protection Law Enforcement Directive.


Andrea Jelinek, chair of the EDPB (Art. 68(2) GDPR) underlines the importance of cooperation to make the GDPR a success:

“It is crucial that as the EDPB we unite our forces to ensure a high and consistent level of data protection for individuals, wherever in the EU they are based. We will also promote awareness of data protection rights to the public. The EDPB is a newly created body of the EU that is equipped with a new governance and coordination model and the power to adopt binding decisions. This will allow us to play our role efficiently in giving guidance on key concepts of the GDPR.”


The EDPB is composed of the heads of national supervisory authorities and the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), Art. 68(3) GDPR. The EDPB also includes a representative of the European Commission who, however, does not have a right to vote, Art. 68(5) GDPR.

Memorandum of Understanding

During the first plenary meeting of the EDPB, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) and the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) . This MoU outlines the way in which the EDPB and EDPS will cooperate.

Statement on ePrivacy

During its first plenary meeting of 25 May 2018, the EDPB adopted a statement on the revision of the ePrivacy Regulation and its impact on the protection of individuals with regard to the privacy and confidentiality of their communications.

This statement includes a call for a swift adoption of the new ePrivacy Regulation and some suggestions on some specific issues relating to proposed amendments by the co-legislators.


During its first plenary Meeting, the EDPB endorsed:


EDPB Statement on ePrivacy, 25 May 2018

Memorandum of Understanding between the European Data Protection Board and the European Data Protection Supervisor, 25. May 2018

EDPB, "Europe’s new data protection rules and the EDPB: giving individuals greater control", Press Release, 25 May 2018

Verlag Dr. Otto Schmidt vom 30.05.2018 15:09

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